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Japan Center, San Francisco

Categories: Shopping Malls, Landmarks, Shopping, Tourist Spots
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3.9/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
The Japan Center is a shopping center in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It opened in March 1968 and was originally called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center. It is composed of three malls: the Kinokuniya Mall, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall. Anchor tenants include Books Kinokuniya and Sundance Kabuki Cinema.The Fuki-ya restaurant owned by Junko and Richard K. Diran is said to have been the first Robatayaki restaurant in the United States.The architecture of the site, created by Minoru Yamasaki, has been described as "Brutalist slabwork."San Francisco's Peace Pagoda is on the Japan Center site.
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  • Town of feeling, maybe 20 years haven't changed much going. Maybe other good favor might visit once, but can't afford to take.
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  • Filled with restaurants of food very rich Japanese and all kinds of shops. Very good place to stroll, eat and explore. There is a mall on each side. Only Japanese goods stores.
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  • If you need many travel souvenir in economic prices, visit Daiso. I love five-fingers socks! Do you need scents for tea ceremony? Visit Kohshi, and ask very delicate scents from Japan. Many cuty goods...  read more »
  • This is a great place to park your car. It's clean and safe which already puts it above almost all public parking structures in San Francisco. The maximum parking ticket cost is $23 and many shops in the Japan Center shopping mall offer parking validation which will take $2 off. They have payment machines to let pay for your ticket but you will need to pay at the actual booth to receive your validation discount. The only real downside is that the garage is relatively small so it may be hard to find a spot. The parking attendants at the payment booth also seem thoroughly uninterested (and from what I've read in other reviews they can also be rude and unhelpful) but thankfully I didn't have any problems.
  • No good restaurants. All for tourists. The parking is getting more and more expensive. The only good ones are Kinokuniya and the already closed mochi shop run by an old lady.
  • A great little escape from the city abd a nice place to sit down and enjoy the day. Plenty to do around the area too.
  • this was a fun discovery in the heart of japan town. Apparently a lot of people know about it, but it was a surprise to me! It's mostly underground with a bunch of really cute japanese shops and services. I spent a good hour wandering around and looking at different stores. They also have a few food courts. It's definitely a good tourist option in SF.
  • Hard to find parking in JT - This is a pretty good option. .
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